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Wireless Tower Safety Alliance Launched

NATE and industry companies create safety certification group

There’s a new group in town, the National Wireless Safety Alliance.

According to a release, the mission of the NWSA is to “provide thorough, independent assessments of knowledge and skills and provide verifiable worker certification in order to enhance tower safety, reduce workplace risk, improve quality, encourage training, and recognize the skilled professionals who work on towers.”

In addition, “National Wireless Safety Alliance model will be based on free-market principles as industry companies and workers are encouraged to continue utilizing the training pathways of their choice.” It will also develop “written and practical assessments for various levels of worker categories outlined in the National Wireless Skills-Based Training Standard.”

The National Association of Tower Erectors, currently having their annual convention this week, is involved as are many of its members. Also involved are major wireless infrastructure companies such as Alcatel-Lucent, American Tower, AT&T, Bechtel, Crown Castle, Ericsson, Motorola Solutions, Nokia Networks, Samsung, Sprint, T-Mobile, U.S. Cellular, Velocitel, and Verizon Wireless.